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The Best 1990s Horror Series  

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Looking for a great show that will give you a bit of a scare? These are the best 1990s horror series ranked from best to worst by user votes. This list has some great 90s horror TV shows that feature classic monsters and other famous horror villains, and some other good 1990s horror shows that relied heavily on witty writing and comic relief to lull you into a false sense of security only to scare you half to death. A few of the best 90s horror series have even been adapted into feature films.

What shows are featured on this best 1990s horror TV shows list? Goosebumps was a great horror series that was geared for kids. This top 90s horror show was based on the books of the same name by R.L. Stine. Are You Afraid of the Dark? was another great scary show that aired on television in the 1990s.In its original two seasons,

Twin Peaks tapped into terrifying stories, characters and ideas to keep viewers entertained. Other good shows that appear on this top 1990s horror TV shows list include The X-Files, Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Extreme Ghostbusters.

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Tales from the Crypt is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best 1990s Horror Series
John Kassir, Roy Brocksmith, Miguel Ferrer
Tales from the Crypt, sometimes titled HBO's Tales from the Crypt, is an American horror anthology television series that ran from June 10, 1989, to July 19, 1996, on the premium cable channel ...more
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Are You Afraid of the Dark? is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best 1990s Horror Series
Ross Hull, Raine Pare-Coull, Jodie Resther
Are You Afraid of the Dark? is a Canadian horror fantasy-themed anthology television series. The original series was created by D.J. MacHale and Ned Kandel, and was picked up by Nickelodeon in ...more
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The X-Files is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best 1990s Horror Series
David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Mitch Pileggi
Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial The X-Files is an American science fiction horror drama television series created by Chris Carter. The program originally aired from September 10, 1993 to May 19, 2002 on Fox, spanning nine ...more
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Goosebumps is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best 1990s Horror Series
R.L. Stine, Kathryn Short, Cody Jones
Goosebumps is a Canadian horror fantasy anthology television series based on R. L. Stine's Goosebumps books. It was one of the two popular television horror anthology children's series in the ...more
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Buffy the Vampire Slayer is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best 1990s Horror Series
Sarah Michelle Gellar, Nicholas Brendon, Alyson Hannigan
Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial Buffy the Vampire Slayer is an American television series which aired from March 10, 1997 until May 20, 2003. The series was created in 1997 by writer-director Joss Whedon under his production ...more
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Courage the Cowardly Dog is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best 1990s Horror Series
Thea White, Marty Grabstein, Simon Prebble
Courage the Cowardly Dog is an American animated horror comedy television series created by John R. Dilworth for Cartoon Network, and the ninth of the network's Cartoon Cartoons. It follows ...more
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A Pup Named Scooby-Doo is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best 1990s Horror Series
Casey Kasem, Don Messick, Christina Lange
A Pup Named Scooby-Doo is the eighth incarnation of the Hanna-Barbera Saturday morning cartoon Scooby-Doo. This spin-off of the original show was created by Tom Ruegger and premiered on ...more
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Friday the 13th: The Series is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best 1990s Horror Series
Colm Feore, Louise Robey, Chris Wiggins
Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial Friday the 13th: The Series is an American-Canadian horror television series that ran for three seasons, from October 3, 1987 to May 26, 1990 in first-run syndication. The series follows Micki ...more
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The Outer Limits is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best 1990s Horror Series
Kevin Conway, Joe Pascual
The Outer Limits is a US-Canadian television series that originally aired on Showtime, the Sci Fi Channel and in syndication between 1995 and 2002. The series is a revival of the original The ...more
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Spawn is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best 1990s Horror Series
Keith David, Richard Dysart, Dominique Jennings
Todd McFarlane's Spawn was an animated television series which aired on HBO from 1997 through 1999. It was based on the Spawn comic series from Image Comics. was nominated for and won an Emmy in ...more
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Charmed is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best 1990s Horror Series
Holly Marie Combs, Alyssa Milano, Brian Krause
Charmed is an American television series created by Constance M. Burge and produced by Aaron Spelling and his production company Spelling Television, with Brad Kern serving as showrunner. The ...more
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Extreme Ghostbusters is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best 1990s Horror Series
Maurice LaMarche, Tara Strong, Pat Musick
Extreme Ghostbusters is an animated television series and a follow-up to the animated series The Real Ghostbusters. It is a part of the Ghostbusters franchise. The series originally aired in ...more
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Twin Peaks is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best 1990s Horror Series
Kyle MacLachlan, Russ Tamblyn, Sherilyn Fenn
Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial Twin Peaks (Showtime, 2017) is a miniseries that follows FBI Special Agent Dale Cooper (Kyle MacLachlan) in a continuation of the original 1990 series, created by David Lynch.
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Angel is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best 1990s Horror Series
David Boreanaz, Charisma Carpenter, Alexis Denisof
Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial Angel is an American television series, a spin-off from the television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer. The series was created by Buffy's creator, Joss Whedon, in collaboration with David ...more
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Freddy's Nightmares is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best 1990s Horror Series
Robert Englund
Freddy's Nightmares is an American horror anthology series, which aired in syndication from October 1988 until March 1990. A spin-off from the Nightmare on Elm Street series, each story was ...more
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Eerie, Indiana is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best 1990s Horror Series
Omri Katz, Justin Shenkarow, Mary-Margaret Humes
Eerie, Indiana is an American television series that originally aired on NBC from 1991 to 1993. The series was created by José Rivera and Karl Schaefer, with Joe Dante serving as creative ...more
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Ghost Stories is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best 1990s Horror Series
Rip Torn
Ghost Stories is an American horror anthology television series that ran from 1997 to 1998 on the cable channel FOX Family. The show was narrated by Rip Torn and originally two episodes were ...more
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A Scare at Bedtime is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best 1990s Horror Series
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A Scare at Bedtime is an Irish television show, produced by Double Z Enterprises and broadcast by RTÉ, featuring the two puppets Podge and Rodge as the hosts of a spooky tales and urban ...more
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Poltergeist: The Legacy is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best 1990s Horror Series
Derek de Lint, Martin Cummins, Robbi Chong
Poltergeist: The Legacy is a Canadian horror television series which ran from 1996 to 1999. The series tells the story of the members of a secret society known as the Legacy and their efforts to ...more
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Forever Knight is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best 1990s Horror Series
Geraint Wyn Davies, Catherine Disher, Nigel Bennett
Forever Knight is a Canadian television series about Nick Knight, an 800-year-old vampire working as a police detective in modern day Toronto. Wracked with guilt for centuries of killing others, ...more
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American Gothic is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best 1990s Horror Series
Gary Cole, Lucas Black, Paige Turco
American Gothic is an American horror series created by Shaun Cassidy and executive producer Sam Raimi. The show first aired on CBS on September 22, 1995, and was cancelled after a single season ...more
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Big Wolf on Campus is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best 1990s Horror Series
Danny Smith, Brandon Quinn, Aimée Castle
Big Wolf on Campus was a Canadian television series created by Peter A. Knight and Christopher Briggs that ran from 1999 to 2002. The central plot revolves around a teenage boy named Thomas ...more
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The Hunger is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best 1990s Horror Series
Terence Stamp
The Hunger is a British/Canadian television horror anthology series, co-produced by Scott Free Productions, Telescene Film Group Productions and the Canadian pay-TV channel The Movie Network. ...more
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Ultraviolet is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best 1990s Horror Series
Jack Davenport, Susannah Harker, Idris Elba
Ultraviolet is a 1998 United Kingdom television series written and directed by Joe Ahearne and starring Jack Davenport, Susannah Harker, Idris Elba and Philip Quast. The music was composed and ...more